Around Town: Neighbourhood Small Grants, Memorize for Lent, John Bell

Neighbourhood Small Grants are available for groups wanting to strengthen their community.

If you have a plan for your neighbourhood, or just a desire to see your neighbourhood prosper, the Vancouver Foundation wants to help.

Barry Jung of Parish Collective Vancouver – which “identifies, connects and resources followers of Jesus to grow the fabric of love and care in, with and for the neighbourhood – recently sent out an invitation to his circle of friends, and is happy to have me share it a bit more broadly:

Isolation, loneliness, disconnectedness. We hear these words frequently describing our city, our neighbourhood, our block, in our building and may even be experiencing this deterioration of social fabric in our own lives.

We can make small shifts to change that and slowly cultivate a faithful presence with our neighbours – those that inhabit the space we live in. Maybe say “hello” or nod to a passing stranger.

Perhaps we’ve always wanted to gather our neighbours around a meal, a garden project, an art installation or share with them how to prepare our favourite cultural dish or a hobby we’re passionate about.

I believe that God encourages us to start making those connections if we haven’t already. God is already at work in each of our neighbourhoods and he invites all of us to join in.

To help take those first steps, why not apply for Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants?  Up to $500 will be available for neighbourhood projects that bring people together.

I’m happy to assist or answer any questions you may have about applications for Neighbourhood Small Grants.

You can email Barry at barjung@gmail.com. Grants are available throughout Metro Vancouver / Fraser Valley and beyond; the deadline for applications is April 9.

Memorization and Repentance

Regent College professor Hans Boersma has written a timely article for First Things. In Memorization and Repentance, posted March 11, he said:

Memorization is a Lenten practice, reshaping our memories to be like God’s. When our memories are reshaped and reordered according to the immutable faithfulness of God in Christ, we re-appropriate God’s character – his steadfast love, his mercy, his compassion.

Repentance, therefore, is a turning back to the virtues of God as we see them in Christ. Being united to him, we are united to the very character of God, for it is in the God-man that God’s virtue and human virtue meet. The hypostatic union is the locus of our repentance: In Christ human memory is re-figured to the memory of God.

Memorization may be a largely abandoned practice. But is by memorizing that we turn away from sinful distraction and share in God’s own, ever-reliable memory in Christ.

Go here for the full comment.

John Bell, Celtic roots

There are several opportunities to gain some Celtic insight over the next little while:

* John Bell

Vancouver School of Theology (VST) is hosting John Bell for its annual G. Peter Kaye lectures in three locations this weekend (March 15 – 17). He will speak on ‘Faith & Imagination’.

John Bell is a Scottish hymn-writer and Church of Scotland minister. He is a member of the Iona Community, a broadcaster and former student activist. He works throughout the world, lecturing in theological colleges in the UK, Canada and the United States, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at the grass-roots level.

The free lectures will be at VST’s Chapel of the Epiphany, Christ Church Cathedral and St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church’s site (while its home is being redeveloped).

* Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks

Ross Lockhart, associate professor and director of the Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall at UBC, wrote Beyond Snakes and Shamrocks last year: “Somewhere in the mists of time, between history and hagiography, stands the great evangelist and missionary St. Patrick.”

He will draw on that study during a talk this weekend (which includes St. Patrick’s Day, March 17):

What is St. Patrick all about anyway? Join us this Saturday evening (March 16) for Beyond Snakes & Shamrocks, where Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart will be sharing missional leadership lessons from the real St. Patrick.

He will present his talk at The Tapestry Richmond.

* Celtic Connections

If you’re in the mood for something a little more musical you could attend either one of two evenings of ‘Celtic Connections’:

The Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir is part of Vancouver’s thriving community choir scene. Formed in 1992 for men of all ages who enjoy singing, the choir focuses on popular songs from many times and lands, including Broadway show tunes, spirituals, sea shanties and rousing male voice classics.

Come and enjoy a performance of choral power and passion that only a male choir can deliver!

The choir will be at New Westminster Christian Reformed Church on Friday (March 15) and West Point Grey United Church on Sunday (March 17).

* Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite

Not sure if I’m pushing the Celtic thing too far by including Malcolm Guite, but he seems to have that kind of sensibility (and poet Luci Shaw – at various times a writer, instructor and member of the Board of Governors at Regent College – once said: ‘Each of Malcolm Guite’s sonnets is like a Celtic knot.’) Good enough for me.

The poet and chaplain/teacher at Cambridge will present Regent College’s Laing Lecture series April 9 – 11:

Dr. Guite will make the case for a faith that is imaginatively grasped and imaginatively proclaimed, considering in turn Christ’s appeal to the poetic, the moral, and the prophetic imagination.

  • April 9: Christ & the Poetic Imagination
  • April 10: Christ & the Moral Imagination
  • April 11: Christ & the Prophetic Imagination

Full lecture abstracts are available here.

March 14, 2019

20th Annual Mel Smith Lecture: Preston Manning – March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Young People and the Church? A Conversation – March 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 15, 2019

G. Peter Kaye Lectures: John Bell of the Iona Community – March 15, 2019 - March 17, 2019 at 12:00 am
CampsBC Celebration Banquet & Fundraiser – March 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seven Mile Story – March 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Orpheus Choir: Celtic Connections – March 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 16, 2019

Inspiring Dominican Saints: Pope St. Pius V – March 16, 2019 at 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Beyond Snakes & Shamrocks: Missional Leadership Lessons from St. Patrick – March 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 17, 2019

Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir: Celtic Connections – March 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Seven Mile Story – March 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 21, 2019

40 Days for Life – March 21, 2019 - April 14, 2019 at 12:00 am
Bryanna Russell: Making Womb – March 21, 2019 - March 22, 2019 at All Day
DivorceCare (ongoing, several locations) – March 21, 2019 - January 7, 2020 at All Day
Photo Exhibition: Mennonite Churches in the Fraser Valley – Early Decades – March 21, 2019 - March 31, 2019 at All Day
Fireside Apologetics: Dr. Paul Chamberlain - Why Do People Stop Believing and What Can We Do About It? – March 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Anne of Green Gables: The Musical – March 21, 2019 - March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Geneva Lecture: Jim Mullins – Gardening in Babylon: Work, Calling & Reimagining the Mundane – March 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jesus Freak – March 21, 2019 - March 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

March 22, 2019

PACLIFE Day – March 22, 2019 at All Day
Life on the Margins: a Workshop in the Downtown Eastside – March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, UK – March 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

March 23, 2019

Income Tax Ministry (Tuesdays & Saturdays) – March 23, 2019 - April 30, 2019 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Pornography Unveiled – March 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ember – March 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 24, 2019

From Bach to Bachianas – March 24, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Agape Worship Night – March 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 25, 2019

School of the Supernatural: Translation by Faith – March 25, 2019 - March 29, 2019 at All Day

March 28, 2019

Public Talk: Merton and the Post-Secular Search for a Good Country – March 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
John Crist: The Human Being Tour – March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fireside Apologetics: Paul Chamberlain – Why Do People Stop Believing and What Can We Do About It? – March 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

March 29, 2019

Al Massira Training – March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Worship Central Conference 2019: Heaven & Earth – March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Author Event: Matthew Bates (three-part lecture series) – March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 12:00 pm

March 30, 2019

Café Logos Grand Opening – March 30, 2019 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thomas Merton: Alaska and His Final Conferences – March 30, 2019 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
"How Will We Go Unless We Are Sent?" A Paradigm Shift in Missions Sending – March 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chelsea Amber in Concert – March 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Worship Invasion Hits the West Side – March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

April 3, 2019

Insights to Impact Tour: Vancouver, Richmond & Burnaby – April 3, 2019 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am

April 4, 2019

Insights to Impact Tour: Surrey – April 4, 2019 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Insights to Impact Tour: Langley & Abbotsford – April 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Elevation Worship: Hallelujah Here Below Tour, with Cody Carnes – April 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 5, 2019

Cherry Docs – April 5, 2019 - April 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 6, 2019

Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conference – April 6, 2019 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Walk the Talk: Vancouver for Bill C-262 – April 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

April 9, 2019

Laing Lectures 2019: Malcolm Guite – Imagining the Kingdom: Parable, Poetry & Gospel – April 9, 2019 - April 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

April 10, 2019

Abbotsford's 30th Annual City Prayer Breakfast – April 10, 2019 at 7:00 am - 9:30 am

April 11, 2019

Act of Faith – April 11, 2019 - April 20, 2019 at All Day
Faith CARE: Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches – April 11, 2019 - April 13, 2019 at All Day
ACMV / Hope Vancouver Pastors & Leaders Gathering: Albert Lo – April 11, 2019 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

April 12, 2019

Bethel Music Victory Tour – April 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Diversity and Constructed Identities (part 2): Peter Ash – April 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

April 13, 2019

Business as Mission Social Impact Conference – April 13, 2019 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Journey Home Refugee Support: Basic Training – April 13, 2019 at 8:45 am - 3:00 pm
Hillsong Y & F – April 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Switchfoot: The Native Tongue Tour – April 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

April 19, 2019

Music for a Very Good Friday: Bach / O'Regan / Vaughan Williams – April 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

April 25, 2019

Church Leaders Forum: Ken Shigematsu – From Surviving to Thriving – April 25, 2019 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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